Since its commencement in 1932, The LEGO Group has been providing children and adults alike with countless hours of pleasure and enjoyment. Through the innovative strategic partnerships which originated in 1999 with the Star Wars theme, the company has developed an extensive catalogue of intriguing and compelling sets. The establishment of these third-party intellectual property partnerships have aided in the introduction of AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) and expanded LEGO’s already well established audience.
In this particular article, I will provide an overview of every Y-wing set ever released in chronological order, highlighting the recommended retail price, shelf life, piece count and minifigures. This should provide a valuable insight into trends for current and future sets with the use of historical data.
Before we delve any deeper, I would like to take this opportunity to explain what a Y-wing is, and its purpose throughout the sensational Star Wars universe. The Y-wing was first featured on screen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which was released in 1977. These intergalactic starfighters, commissioned for carrying out bombing runs, were instrumental in the attack of the death star, along with other battles in subsequent instalments. They do, however, lack direct combat capabilities and maneuverability, and so are only appropriate in certain circumstances.
LEGO TIE Fighter & Y-Wing 7150
Year Released: 1999
The first Y-wing set to ever be released was a combo pack, accompanied by a TIE Fighter. This pack consists of 409 pieces and 3 minifigures, which includes Darth Vader, Astromech Droid R5-D4 and Rebel Pilot Y-Wing. A main criticism of this set is its inaccurate representation of the aircraft, including the colours used. The use of mostly basic parts makes for an oversimplified build, although this is understandable considering the date of release.
Released on 22nd February 1999 and retiring on 31st December 2000, this memorable set had a respectable shelf life of 1 year 10 months.
It is worth noting that I have intentionally omitted sets 7152 (released in 2002) and 7262 (released in 2004) from this list, as they are merely rereleases of this set (TIE Fighter & Y-Wing 7150). The contents in each rerelease remained the same, however, set 7262 enjoyed new box art and being labelled as an Original Trilogy Edition.
LEGO Y-Wing Attack Starfighter 10134
RRP: $120.00 | £109.99
Year Released: 2004
Y-Wing Attack Starfighter is a well designed Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) set. UCS sets are typically of high value, with large piece counts and meticulous detailing. They were in their infancy at this stage, which likely explains why the piece count is comparatively below its successor, released in 2018 (Y-Wing Starfighter 75181). This set comprised 1473 pieces and just one minifigure – Astromech Droid R5-D4, which appears in 6 other sets. This model sits on a display base and includes a card which details relevant information about the aircraft, such as the length, crew and what weapons and defences are equipped.
Y-Wing Attack Starfighter was released on 1st October 2004 and subsequently retired on 31st July 2006, giving it a shelf life of 1 year 10 months.
LEGO Y-Wing Fighter 7658
RRP: $39.99 | £39.99
Year Released: 2007
This set consists of 454 pieces and 2 minifigures, including Astromech Droid R5-D4 and Rebel Pilot Y-Wing (Jon “Dutch” Vander – Gold Leader), neither of which are exclusive. The lack of distinctive minifigures have had an effect on the overall popularity of this set. The price per piece figure is favourably low, however, at 8.8c, which represents great value for money. This set has been commended for its playability and its intricate detailing of the fuselage. The placement of cylinder hemispheres to resemble the engine covers was a well thought out addition.
Released on 1st January 2007 and retiring on 31st July 2008, Y-Wing Fighter had a moderately short shelf life of 1 year 7 months.
LEGO Anakin’s Y-Wing Starfighter 8037
RRP: $59.99 | £49.99
Year Released: 2009
Anakin’s Y-Wing Starifighter comprises 570 pieces and three minifigures. These include Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano (Padawan) and Astromech Droid R2-D2 (exclusive). It is worth noting that these minifigures are featured in the Clone Wars series and possess a more animated printing style, which is considered undesirable to many. Although only one minifigure is exclusive, the status of the other two ensure that the desirability is maintained. This particular set is part of the Clone Wars subtheme, originating from an animated television series created by George Lucas, which first aired in 2008. The show is set during the period in between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This model was faithful to the source material, and made for a compelling build. The designers did well to incorporate playability, with the use of a firing missile, rear-facing cannons and a place for the mounting of a lightsaber. Both cockpits are also accessible in order to pose your figures for the ultimate experience.
This set was released on 1st June 2009 and retired on 31st December 2010, equating to a shelf life of 1 year 7 months.
LEGO Gold Leader’s Y-Wing Starfighter 9495
RRP: $49.99 | £49.99
Year Released: 2012
This set consists of 458 pieces and 3 minifigures, to include Astromech Droid R5-F7, Rebel Pilot Y-Wing (Jon “Dutch” Vander – Gold Leader) (exclusive) and Princess Leia (exclusive). Two exclusive minifigures are welcomed with this set, despite the Rebel Pilot Y-Wing minifigure being only marginally different from the one contained in Y-Wing Fighter 7658. Bombs are incorprated into the build but are not held in place by any mechanism and so can fall out if not handled mindfully.
Released on 1st January 2012 and retiring on 31st December 2013, Gold Leader’s Y-Wing Starfighter had a shelf life of approximately two years, which is one of the longest in this particular category.
LEGO Y-Wing Microfighter 75162
RRP: $9.99 | £8.99
Year Released: 2017
This is one of two Y-wing Microfighters released, comprising 90 pieces and 1 minifigure – Rebel Pilot Y-Wing – which is exclusive to this set. The minifigure enjoys a detailed printed torso and helmet. These builds are intentionally small, and are effectively mini builds for a limited display space and/or younger LEGO builders.
Y-Wing Microfighter was released on 1st January 2017 and retired on 31st December 2017, providing for a short shelf life of 12 months.
LEGO Y-Wing Starfighter 75172
RRP: $59.99 | £64.99
Year Released: 2017
Y-Wing Starfighter contains 691 pieces and a whopping 5 minifigures. These include Imperial Stormtrooper, Rebel Pilot Y-Wing, Astromech Droid R3-S1 (exclusive), Admiral Raddus (exclusive) and Moroff (exclusive). These minifigures are charming and desirable, having done incredibly well on the secondary market. Moroff, individually, is currently valued at an astronomical £22, with Admiral Raddus not far behind. A price per piece value of 8.7c is also relatively inexpensive. This set was based on the Y-wing from the film Rogue One, and is presented extremely well, differing from the previous renditions as evident from its overall design. This ship has a unique playability function which allows bombs to be dropped by twisting an inconspicuous gear at the rear. This set additionally comes with an interesting side build, a crane which is used for loading bombs onto the ship.
This set was released on 1st January 2017 and retired on 31st December 2018, giving it a shelf life of two years.
LEGO Y-Wing Starfighter 75181
RRP: $199.99 | £169.99
Year Released: 2018
LEGO has done a tremendous job manufacturing this Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) Y-Wing Starfighter variant. Arguably the most iconic set in this collection, with a remarkable piece count of 1967 and 2 minifigures. These include Rebel Pilot Y-Wing (Jon “Dutch” Vander – Gold Leader) (exclusive) and Astromech Droid R2-BHD (exclusive). It has been praised for its appearance and close attention to detail with an immense presence as one of LEGO’s larger sets. This set uses a varied mixture of pieces, including connectors, beams, rims and tubes. Over the previous fourteen years, LEGO has introduced new pieces and building techniques – this contemporary change is reflected in this revised edition. They also make use of repurposed pieces which give the aircraft added texture and variety. This build includes a retractable landing gear and is a true reflection of the fictional ship.
Y-Wing Starfighter was released on 4th May 2018 and retired on 31st December 2019, which gives this set a shelf life of approximately 1 year 8 months.
LEGO Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter 75249
RRP: $69.99 | £59.99
Year Released: 2019
Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter contains 578 pieces and 5 minifigures, to include Poe Dameron (exclusive), Zorii Bliss, D-O, Astromech Droid Dark Turquoize (exclusive) and First Order Stormtrooper (exclusive). With a price per piece value of 12.1c, it is one of the most expensive in the Y-wing collection. This resistance adaptation incorporates a colourway change from yellow to red. This set also comes with five stickers, which collectors may not be fond of. It is, however, equipped with a rotating turret positioned directly behind the cockpit.
Released on 4th October 2019 and retiring on 31st December 2021, this set had an relatively long shelf life of 2 years 3 months.
LEGO Resistance Y-Wing Microfighter 75263
RRP: $9.99 | £8.99
Year Released: 2020
This second Microfighter set is as compact as the first, and includes 86 pieces and 1 minifigure – Zorii Bliss (the same minifigure included in Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter 75249). An alternate minifigure, not necessarily exclusive, would have been appreciated. Whilst the depictions between the Microfighter builds are similar, there are several noticeable differences, which include the colorway and connector pieces on the engine. Despite using predominantly common pieces, The LEGO Group have done well to capture the essence of the aircraft in a miniscule form.
This set was released on 1st January 2020 and retired on 31st December 2020, providing for a shelf life of 12 months, akin to its predecessor.
The Y-wing’s notable design has been accurately presented by The LEGO Group. Acting as a great display piece with the option of playability, each set offers a unique outlook on the familiar Y-wing model. Unfortunately, there are currently no sets available to purchase at retail as of writing this article, with all substantial sets having been retired for a considerable time.
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